Bolsonaro Leaves PSL Party to Create Alliance for Brazil Party

President hopes to attract 30 deputies to the new party


On the same day that President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed his departure from PSL to create the Alliance for Brazil party, the PSL party’s president, Deputy Luciano Bivar (PE), began an offensive against the new movement of his former ally.

In meetings in recent days, PSL leaders decided to speed up the process of suspending 19 deputies, including the current leader in the House, Eduardo Bolsonaro (SP).

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

Bolsonaro made public his decision to leave the party on Tuesday (12), on social media, after meeting with allied deputies. This will be Bolsonaro’s ninth party of his political career.

"Today, I announced my departure from PSL and the beginning of the creation of a new party: Alliance for Brazil," wrote the president. "I thank everyone who collaborated with me on PSL and was a partner in the 2018 elections."

The departure of the president from PSL comes in the wake of complaints about the phantom candidate scheme in the 2018 elections, revealed by Folha in February.

The split with the party was evident in October when Bolsonaro said Bivar is "burned to death."

The PSL party has the second largest bench in the House, with 53 deputies.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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